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    Witzel, DeWaal Qualify for State FFA

    On Thursday, February 16th, four FFA members, Matthisen Witzel, Janeth Perez-Medina, Coy DeWaal, and Mason Schmid along with advisor Tiffany Poet, attended the District Speech Contest and Selection Day in Natoma, Kansas. These members have been working on their speech for the since the beginning of December.  These were the same speeches they present in Manhattan at the beginning of the month. All four members wrote, memorized and presented a prepared speech varying in length from 3-6 minutes depending on the grade level. Additionally, DeWaal and Witzel each participated in Extemporaneous Speaking. For this speech they drew a topic and had 30 minutes to prepare and memorize a 4-6 minute speech. All four members were in the top half of their competition rooms and advanced onto the finals. The top placer for the day was Matthisen Witzel, placing first in her extemporaneous. Additionally, Witzel placed fifth with her prepared speech that compared FFA to her experiences with Agriculture in Brazil. DeWaal placed fifth with his extemporaneous speech. Both DeWaal and Witzel won the opportunity to compete in the Extemporaneous Speech Contest at State FFA Convention at the end of May. Overall, the team placed fifth out of 16 schools proving that hard work is rewarded.

    Saint Francis has a representative slated for district office. Matthisen Witzel have her first interview she is slated to be District Reporter/Sentinel. Being slated means that she is one of the top eight candidates running for six district offices. She will present a speech at District Banquet and delegates will vote to elect them into office. Makayla Rogers applied for her Kansas State FFA Degree and made it past the district check, making her the newest candidate from St Francis. Makayla completed records and an application about her placement Supervise Agricultural Education Program that consists of her working over the past four years at Park Hill Restaurant, Farm S and Vase of Grace.

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    Lady Indians Defeat Wallace County

    JV Team Loses

    The St. Francis Lady Indians earned another win on Tuesday evening, February 21, defeating the 9th-ranked Wallace County Lady Wildcats 53-47 in St. Francis. The win balanced the Lady Indians season record at 10-10. The junior varsity team lost to Wallace County in a close two-quarter contest 13-14.

    In varsity action, the Lady Indians led throughout most of the contest, only trailing on two occasions in the early portion of the contest. The Lady Indians earned a lead as great as 15 points in the third period, but the scrappy Wallace County (WC) team trimmed the lead to three twice late in the contest. Zoe Sundstrom opened the contest with a score from the post on an assist by Hannah Bracelin. Wallace County scored the next five points to lead 2-5, their largest lead of the contest. A Sundstrom free-throw and an out-of-bounds play basket by Bracelin soon tied the contest. The Lady Indians earned a 9-5 advantage with the addition of a Bracelin jumper in the lane and score from the block by Taighe Weeter. With 2:30 left in the first period, a trey by WC's Sydni Allen (5' 5" junior) narrowed the advantage to one (9-8). St. Francis responded with an assist from Lauren Johnson on a score by Lindsey Johnson, but a post-move basket by Haylee Hennick (plus one) tied the game. The play also sent Bracelin to the bench for a while with her second foul. St. Francis followed with a trey and a deuce by Taighe Weeter (assist La. Johnson) increasing the lead to five (16-11). The Lady Indians led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter, after two late scores by the Lady Cats.

    Wallace County earned their second lead of the contest (16-17) on a basket by Hannah Pletcher after a turnover by the Lady Indians approximately a minute into the second period. A left-baseline shot by Weeter (assist Karly Bandel) returned the lead to the Lady Indians moments later. Weeter's next basket (assist La. Johnson) was followed by an offensive rebound score by WC. Two Bracelin free-throws and a left-wing trey by Bandel increased the margin to 25-19. After a St. Francis time-out, the Lady Indians scored on a shot by Bracelin (assist Bandel) and a drive by Lauren Johnson increasing the lead to double-digits (29-19). WC's Carli Haislip followed with a top-of-the-key trey. St. Francis led 31-22 at halftime after the addition of a stick-back basket by Bracelin.

    A six-point run by the Lady Indians to open the second half extended the margin to 15 points (37-22). In the run the Lady Indians received two baskets by Taighe Weeter and one by Reagan Beims. The run ended on a score by WC's Cassidy Kreigh. An assist by Karly Bandel led to a score in the lane by Zoe Sundstrom, but then the Lady Wildcats begin to chip away at the deficit. A stick-back basket and a pair of free-throws trimmed the margin to 11 before the Lady Indians earned a score by Lindsey Johnson (assist Sundstrom). Three consecutive baskets by WC, further trimmed the margin to 7 (41-34) by the third quarter horn.

    A driving basket by Pletcher, her third consecutive score, narrowed the lead to three (41-38) early in the final period and triggered a St. Francis time-out at 5:52. After returning to the floor, the Lady Indians earned a left-wing basket by Hanna Bracelin halting the 10-0 WC run. Pletcher followed with an offensive rebound score. After two Bracelin free-throws, Pletcher scored again on a drive at 3:31 (45-42). Bracelin's next score (assist Sundstrom) was answered by a steal-two by Pletcher. At 1:44, Pletcher received her 5th foul. It was a major development in the contest as Pletcher had scored the last 12 points for the Lady Wildcats. St. Francis became very deliberate with the basketball, and WC was forced to foul. St. Francis added a basket by Reagan Beims (assist La Johnson) and made 4 of 6 from the stripe in the last 55 seconds of the game to preserve a 53-47 victory.

    Wallace County was led in scoring by Hannah Pletcher (5' 7" senior) with 14 points. Cassidy Kriegh (5' 6" senior) added 10. Haylee Hennick (5' 9" freshman) and Carli Haislip (5' 7" junior) each scored 7. 

    St. Francis was led by Hanna Bracelin with 18 points and Taighe Weeter with 16. Others scoring for the Lady Indians included Zoe Sundstrom 5, Lindsey Johnson 4, Reagan Beims 4, Lauren Johnson 3, and Karly Bandel 3. 

    The two-quarter junior varsity contest was close throughout. St. Francis led 6-3 after one quarter of play receiving an offensive rebound basket by Lindsey Johnson, a left-elbow shot by Lauren Johnson (assist Madi Tice), and a driving score by Alondra Gomez.

    Wallace County narrowed the score to 6-5 capitalizing on an early turnover by the Lady Indians in the final period. Alondra Gomez answered with an offensive rebound score for the Lady Indians. At 2:50, another turnover-two cut the advantage to one (8-7). On the next Lady Indian turnover, the Lady Wildcats failed to capitalize, and at 2;10, a driving score by Gomez gave St. Francis a 10-7 advantage. An assist from Madi Tice to Hanna Zimbal added two more at 1:45 (12-7). Fourteen seconds later, WC's Leah Ayres banked in a trey from the left wing. With 59 seconds left, WC added another score tying the contest at 12-all. Emileigh Dinkel sank one-of-two with 55 seconds left to give the Lady Indians a narrow one-point lead (13-12). Ayres' steal-two with 8 seconds left sealed the win for the Lady Wildcats. St. Francis lost the junior varsity game 13-14.

    The Lady Indians will be competing in the Sub-State Basketball Tournament in Quinter next week.

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    Indians Spank #2 Ranked Wildcats

    Team Sets New Season Win Total

    The Indians looked like the state championship contender they hope to be on Tuesday, February 21. Playing on their home floor, the Indians defeated the #2 ranked Wallace County Wildcats 86-53 in convincing fashion. The win was the first win over the perennial state-contending Wildcats in 18 tries. The win also completed a season of undefeated basketball on the Indians' home court for the second straight year. With the win, the Indians advance into Sub-State action with a record of 18-2 possessing the number one seed in the tournament. The 18th Indian victory surpassed the season record of 17 wins set by the 17-3 1982-1983 Indians.

    The Indians began and ended the contest clicking on all cylinders. Though the scrappy and talented Wildcats worked hard to narrow the deficit several times in the contest, the Indians made the necessary plays to maintain control. The game opened with a trey by Tate Busse only seconds into the contest. Brock Waters scored on a shot from the left-wing on the the second Indian possession. A coast-to-coast drive by Wallace County's (WC) Trevor Medina and two free-throws by Grady Hammer moved the score to 5-4. The Indians responded with a 13-point run opening the advantage to 18-4. The run included a trey by Busse, four baskets by Waters, and two by Quinton Cravens. The run was halted by a free-throw by WC, but the Indians soon added two Brady Dinkel free-throws and a left-corner trey by Busse (assist Jeremiah Neitzel) increasing the lead to 23-5. WC's Levi Johnson added a stick-back basket and Cravens a free-throw late in the period. St. Francis had started extremely well, leading 24-7 after one period.

    The Indians would need the large advantage, as the pesky Wildcats continued to play hard. The Wildcats narrowed the lead to 7 points late in the second period with their aggressive play. WC scored the first two buckets of the second period; both by Seth Johnson (5' 11" junior). A series of three free-throws by Brady Dinkel were squeezed between scores by Medina and Levi Johnson (trey). Another trey by Sammy Aquino (5' 8" senior) narrowed the Indian advantage to nine points (27-18) and certainly shifted the momentum to the Wildcats. The Indians followed with two more Dinkel charity tosses and a post-basket by Quinton Carvens (assist Tate Busse). The margin returned to nine again (31-22) after the addition of a post -move score by Gabe Klinge (6' 2" senior) and two Medina free-throws. The Indians needed another response, and got it; a three-ball by Busse. The back-and-forth action between two excellent teams continued. Johnson's drive was answered by two more Dinkel free-throws. Medina's stick-back was followed by a Busse fast-break score. Near the two-minute mark, a Medina trey again narrowed the advantage to nine (38-29), and at 1:30, a coast-to-coast drive by Hammer moved the Wildcats within seven (38-31). The Indians closed the half with two much-needed free-throws by Dalton Straub and an offensive rebound basket by Cravens. The Indians led 42-31 at halftime.

    Wallace County scored on their first two possessions opening the third period; a stick-back by Johnson and a left-wing jumper by Hammer. The scores again narrowed the advantage to seven points (42-35). On the next Indian possession, a turnover gave the ball back to the Wildcats. Things were getting even more interesting. As they had done all evening, the Indians responded well. After a defensive stop, Tate Busse drained another trey in transition re-establishing a double-digit lead (45-35). At 5:13, the Wildcats answered with a trey of their own and quickly called time-out. After the time-out, the Wildcats returned to the floor with full-court defensive pressure. The Indians efficient passing soon resulted in a press-offense lay-up by Jeremiah Neitzel after an assist by Brock Waters. The next Indian possession resulted in a turnover-two for the Wildcats again trimming the margin to seven (47-40). The Wildcats would get no closer as the Indians' proficient execution in all areas of the game began to take a toll. Another top-of-the-key trey by Busse was followed by an out-of-bounds play score by Neitzel (assist Waters). Medina and Johnson would both add treys in the next few minutes, but the Indians blew to game open getting scores from Quinton Cravens, Waters, Dalton Straub, and Busse in the closing minutes of the third period. St. Francis led 64-48 at the third quarter break.

    The Wildcats would only add one free-throw in the first half of the final period. Meanwhile, aggressive defense and rebounding and masterful offensive execution stretched the Indian lead to 80-49 with 4;12 left in the period and set the 30-point clock in motion. With 6;45 remaining in the game, Tate Busse hit his 8th trey of the contest tying the school record for treys in one game he set last year. The Indians cruised to an 86-53 win over an very-good Wallace County team.

    Wallace County was led in scoring by Levi Johnson (5' 11" senior) with 20 points. Trevor Medina (5' 10" sophomore) added 14 and Grady Hammer (6' 1" senior) 8. The Wildcats made 11 of 16 from the line.

    St. Francis had three players score 20 or more points; a rare feat in high school basketball. Tate Busse scored 29, Brock Waters 22, and Quinton Cravens 20. Other Indians contributing to the scoring column were Brady Dinkel 7, Jeremiah Neitzel 4, Taylor Rogers 3, and Dalton Straub 2. The Indians converted 19 of 24 from the stripe.

    Before the varsity boys contest, Senior Night was observed as the seniors were preparing to play their last home game of their careers. A small recognition ceremony was held to recognize the seniors and their parents who have given so much to the basketball program. Seniors recognized were:  Jenna Confer (daughter of Steve and JeanAnn Confer), Quinton Cravens (son of Shawn and Jenny Cravens), Jeremiah Neitzel (son of Ronnie and Roxie Neitzel), Taylor Rogers (son of Mike and Jo Rogers), and Brock Waters (son of Matt and Caroline Waters).

    The junior varsity contest was very close during the first half and all Wallace County in the second half. The Indians took a 5-3 lead on a left-wing trey by Tayton Weeter, but Trevor Medina soon answered for WC. Jake Faulkender's shot in the lane gave the Indians a 7-6 lead, but Medina's steal-two returned the lead to the Wildcats. The back and forth action continued, with St. Francis trailing 13-14 after one period.

    The Indians earned three baskets in the second period, two by Jordan Raby and one by Tayton Weeter, but trailed 19-21 at halftime. The Indians fell further behind in the third period and trailed 23-35 after three periods of action. 

    The Indians struggled in the final stanza earning only four points while allowing nineteen. Brady Dinkel added two free-throws and Draven Houman scored on a nice assist by K.C. Krien. The junior varsity Indians lost to Wallace County 27-55.

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  • Sub-State Basketball Tournament At Quinter

    Brackets Now Set

    The KSHSAA 1A-Division I Sub-State basketball tournament will be held at Quinter High School on February 27 through March 4th.  Teams participating in the tournament include Brewster/Winona-Triplains, LaCrosse, Quinter, St. Francis, and Victoria. 

    The seeding for the tournament was completed on Wednesday, February 22. The St. Francis Lady Indians have been seeded 3rd, and the Indians have earned the number 1 seed. The records and seeding positions are listed below.

    Girls Seed Boys
    Quinter (12-8) 1 St. Francis (18-2)
    Triplains-Brewster (10-8) 2 Triplains-Brewster (12-8)
    St. Francis 10-10 3 Quinter (8-12)
    LaCrosse (8-12) 4 LaCrosse (8-12)
    Victoria (0-20) 5 Victoria (1-19)

    Click here to view the BOYS Sub-State bracket.

    Click here to view the GIRLS Sub-State bracket.

    On Monday, February 27, the girls and boys quarterfinals will be played at 6:00 and 7:30 pm at Quinter.  The girls’ game will be seed 4 vs. seed 5 at 6:00 pm.  The boys game will be seed 4 vs. seed 5 at 7:30 pm. Neither St. Francis team will play on Monday.

    Thursday, March 2nd, Girls’ Semifinals – Two girls’ games, 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. at Quinter. The Lady Indians will play Triplains-Brewster on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

    Friday, March 3rd, Boys’ Semifinals – Two boys’ games, 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. at Quinter. The Indians will play with winner between Victoria - LaCrosse at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.

    Saturday, March 4th, Finals – Girls’ final 6:00 and boys final 7:30 p.m. at Quinter.

    In determining which games will be played first on Thursday and Friday, the miles to the host school were added together.  The teams with the greater total mileage will play at 6:00 p.m.


    Sub-State Tournament Admission Price:    Adults $6.00    K-12 $5.00

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  • Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment

    Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment will be held at the Grade School on Tuesday, March 14 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This enrollment is for all students who will be in kindergarten during the 2017-2018 school year. Please let the grade school office know if you can not come in on this day. The school is trying to get a count of how many students might be in kindergarten next year. 

    To pre-enroll your child, please bring the following information with you:
    1. State birth certificate (not hospital certificate).
    2. Social security card
    3. Immunization record

    If you have any questions, please feel free to call Teri Richard at the Grade School Office (785-332-8143)

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